Category: Education and Youth

Mayor Peduto Launches Resilience AmeriCorps…

Mayor Peduto Launches Resilience AmeriCorps…

PITTSBURGH, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor William Peduto joins Cities of Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, and the Rockefeller Foundation in announcing today the 10 cities which together form the first Resilience AmeriCorps cities in the United States. The cities of Anchorage, Ala., Boulder, Colo.,  Chicago, Ill., El Paso, Texas, Minot, N.D., New Orleans, La., Norfolk, Va., Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Ariz., and Tulsa, Okla. were selected for local vulnerability to climate-related risk, demonstrated commitment or efforts to improve environmental resilience, and city government capacity to host and implement Resilience AmeriCorps in their cities.

Hear Girls Rock! Pittsburgh Tomorrow!

Hear Girls Rock! Pittsburgh Tomorrow!

Girls Rock! Pittsburgh empowers girls of “all definitions, abilities and backgrounds.” They’ve built a community where girls support each other rather than tear each other down through the making of music. Participants can play any kind of music they want. And while they do, they’re building their self-confidence, creative expression, independent thinking, and mutual respect and cooperation.

Next Deadline to Apply for The Sprout Fund’s Spark & Hive Grants is Friday

Next Deadline to Apply for The Sprout Fund’s Spark & Hive Grants is Friday

The Sprout Fund enriches the Pittsburgh region by supporting innovative ideas that catalyzing community change. On the first Friday of every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, and December), they accept applications for their Spark Fund for Early Learning and their Hive Fund for Connected Learning. Grants are available for up to $15,000, with the average grant size being $10,000.

Volunteer Training to Help Kids Be Ready for “Back 2 School”

Volunteer Training to Help Kids Be Ready for “Back 2 School”

If you’re a kid, it’s tough enough to face the end of summer vacation without the very real worry of not having enough money in the family budget to purchase school supplies, or a backpack, or even for a warm winter coat that fits. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pittsburgh Section is joining five other NCJW sections to launch their new “Back 2 School Store” (B2SS). The project is a means to help underprivileged children begin the school year on an equal footing with their peers. Approximately 200 elementary school students from pre-qualified families will be given the opportunity to shop for brand new clothing, shoes, outerwear, and school supplies at no cost!

Kingsley Association’s STREAM Program Helps Teens Respond to Their Environment

Kingsley Association’s STREAM Program Helps Teens Respond to Their Environment

While the Kingsley Association has been around in one form or another since 1893, their STREAM Program (Science Technology Reading Engineering Agriculture and Math) is definitely future-minded as it’s designed to promote interest among teens in 21st Century Career pathways. The program is for youths ages 15 to 19. It seeks to promote social action and academic growth through hands on projects and workshops. The summer program (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) runs five days a week and the fall program (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) runs two days a week–Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series: Midsummer Night’s Jam

Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series: Midsummer Night’s Jam

Homemade jam on warm bread—a slice of heaven! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make jam, now’s your chance. Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series is holding a class to teach you techniques to stretch your leftover fruit harvest into a delicious spread to bring you a bit of summer into the cold months ahead. And, since midsummer is peak time for berries here in Pennsylvania, what better time to hold a jam-making class?

Pittsburgh Selected for National Early Learning Network

Pittsburgh Selected for National Early Learning Network

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 8, 2015) – The National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Pittsburgh to be part of a new national initiative, City Leadership for Building an Early Learning Nation, to improve outcomes during the first five years of life for children in communities across the nation. As part of this initiative, NLC has selected a total of seven cities to participate in an early learning network.

Family Fun Health Fair Tomorrow!

Family Fun Health Fair Tomorrow!

Saturday, June 27th, The Kingsley Association will be hosting a Family Fun Health Fair. There will be health and wellness information, food, music, and fun kids activities–all free and open to the public–and all in one room! Sponsors for this event include the Urban Green Growth Collaborative, East Liberty Family Support, Giant Eagle, Larimer Work & Wellness, Dollar Bank, and Keith S. Somers, MD (Children’s Community Pediatrics/GIL).

Please Make a Donation to the Memorial Fund for Officer John Stofesky

Please Make a Donation to the Memorial Fund for Officer John Stofesky

On Tuesday, June 16th, our city lost a dedicated 26-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police Bureau: John Stofesky. Highly respected by the Bureau, John served his city with honor, courage, and kindness. His immense impact on his family, friends, colleagues, and our city will not be forgotten, and he is especially missed by the South Side Community.

Join the #FairFundingPA Twitter Party Tomorrow!

Join the #FairFundingPA Twitter Party Tomorrow!

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding believes that educating all our children is a collective imperative for the social and economic future of our Commonwealth and all its communities. They also know that in order to achieve a good education for all, we must ensure that Pennsylvania adopts and maintains an adequate and equitable system of funding public education. If you share in their belief that every public school must have the resources necessary to enable every child to flourish, then please join the #FairFundingPA Twitter Party, tomorrow, June 15th.